WHO IS WINTER RETREAT FOR?
WINTER RETREAT IS FOR ALL STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN GRADES 7 – 12. (PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN WHO ARE NOT PART OF YOUR YOUTH MINISTRY OR INFANTS.)
WHERE IS WINTER RETREAT?
ALL THREE WEEKENDS OF WINTER RETREAT ARE HELD AT THE BONGIORNO CONFERENCE CENTER
430 UNION HALL RD, CARLISLE, PA.
WHEN IS WINTER RETREAT?
THERE ARE THREE WINTER RETREATS AVAILABLE SO YOU CAN PICK THE WEEKEND THAT FITS BEST INTO YOUR CHURCH’S SCHEDULE, OR CHOOSE BY WHICH COMMUNICATOR YOU WANT TO HEAR FROM. BE SURE TO INDICATE YOUR PREFERENCE ON THE ENCLOSED PREREGISTRATION FORM!
THE DATES ARE:
WEEKEND 1: JANUARY 11-13
WEEKEND 2: JANUARY 18-20
WEEKEND 3: JANUARY 25-27
HOW MUCH DOES WINTER RETREAT COST?
$124 PER PERSON (GROUP REGISTRATION) $224 PER PERSON (INDIVIDUAL). COST INCLUDES: ACCOMMODATIONS (2 NIGHTS), FOOD (FIVE MEALS), AND RETREAT EVENTS. $74 (GROUP)/ $124 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON IS DUE WITH THE PREREGISTRATION FORM AND IS NON-REFUNDABLE. THE BALANCE OF $50 (GROUP)/ $100 (INDIVIDUAL) PER PERSON IS DUE AT THE RETREAT.
March 9 Calvary Church, Dover DE
March 16 Morning Star Fellowship, Quakertown PA
March 23 Harrisburg First AG, Harrisburg PA
March 30 Central AG, Houston PA
April 6 Berwick AG, Berwick PA
Adult W/Lunch Ticket $30
Adult No Lunch Ticket $25
Student/SingleMom/Senior* W/Lunch Ticket $20
Student/SingleMom/Senior* No Lunch Ticket $15
*Student (age 12-22)/Single Mom (w/kids at home)/Senior (65+)
For More Information:
2) Contact Rhonda Imes (717.795.5921) at PennDel to pay your District late fee.
PLEASE NOTE: Renewal form and fees must be postmarked or submitted online no later than January 15, 2019, or you will be considered lapsed and be required to go through a reinstatement process.
Session 1 - Jason Frenn
Session 3 - Joe McGee
Session 2 - Allen Griffin
Session 4 - Dave Roever
PennDel is partnering with Convoy of Hope’s Rural Compassion to come alongside our rural pastors with a renewed vision for reaching our rural areas for Jesus.
The Spring Event is a free two-day event and involves:
– Three workshops focused on how to connect with your community
– A blessing room of resources for pastors
– A distribution of donated goods for you to bring home and bless your rural community
This special Reunion event will be a one day gathering of alumni who have attended previous Rural Compassion events. At the end of this event we will send everyone home with product. We encourage everyone to bring a big vehicle (the size of a 15 passenger van).
Also, we have opened this up for some first time guests. Be sure to bring a big enough vehicle or trailer so we can load you up as well!
Your Team + Our Team = One Team.
That’s not a complicated mathematical equation. You didn’t have to have taken algebra, geometry, calculus, or linear algebra and differential equations to figure out the solution. In the real world 1 + 1 = 2, but not in this case. More + more = one, or is it really twice as much? Perhaps it is exponentially more. None of this really matters. All we have to realize is that if we all work together, more gets done and more gets accomplished. If I’ve learned one thing during the last 13 years as District Director of our ministry, it is that no one person can do it all. It takes a team. Not just a team of individuals with the same personality and talents, but a team with diversity and multiple talents. Take our human body for instance. Each part has a specific function and each helps us to complete various tasks to function properly. Take one or more parts away and we find ourself at a deficit, not functioning as efficiently. Sometimes I often think if I could clone myself I could get so much more done; however, since I have not been blessed with all the God given talents, I doubt that would be very productive or beneficial. We still need the diversity that a team provides. Each of the ministries we are involved in has a specific function and meets a specific need. Add one or more teams together and you get one team with much more diversity and even more potential. Often we are reluctant to join forces because we do things one way and others do things another way, but aren’t we really looking to accomplish the same thing? Building the kingdom of God? A ministry benefits most when everyone is working together and smoothly as a team. To be most efficient the body has to work together as a team and not as separate entities. Collaborating together as we focus on a common team goal helps maximize our effectiveness. Let’s team up and be the best version of a team we can be. The benefits add up to infinity.
What makes a good team? What allows many unique individuals to work well together to achieve a common goal? What would you say is the most important part of building a truly successful team? How about investing in relationships? There are a lot of components that allow a team to thrive, but one of the most important aspects is connecting with each other and investing in each valuable member. Here are four simple ways to connect with others through an easy to remember acronym: T.E.A.M.:
Time Well Spent
Acts of Service
So, what do each of these mean, and how can you apply them in the workplace with your team members? As you can guess, not everyone is made to be exactly alike; we have all been created by God to be unique, to fulfill different roles, to accomplish different goals, and yet somehow, we are all made for community, to be connected to others. So how can we achieve working on a team in harmony with people who are so different from us? It helps to know what makes people feel most appreciated and cared about. Similarly to the 5 Love Languages, the four points of T.E.A.M. work to seek out what makes people feel most valued, and how we can use that knowledge to invest in the relationships of our team.
Time Well Spent
For team members who need quality time to feel valued, activities like one-on-one get-togethers or meetings can be a very successful way to connect. Knowing that you are available to them in this way will benefit their work on your team! Make sure that when you set aside time for people who need quality time, you don’t become distracted as this may lead to hurting that person.
For your teammates who need to be encouraged to feel appreciated, words can go a long way. Making a point to shoot a word of praise over to a member who thrives on encouragement will help that person to feel confident that they are doing a good job. When you need to confront this type of team member, make sure that criticism is constructive and approached gently, as it may be perceived as an insults or personal attack.
Acts of Service
This is a tough one! As a leader of a team, it is often your job to delegate tasks to your members, giving them each different responsibilities. It can be challenging to come alongside everyone who needs acts of service to feel valued by taking on their responsibilities – so find a way to serve your team members outside of the workplace, furthering the relationship in that respect. As a teammate, connecting with people who love acts of service by helping them with a busy workload can be an effective way to grow your relationship. Make sure that if you commit to help someone who feels cared about by acts of service, you follow through on that commitment; if you don’t, it can be quite offensive.
Most people who appreciate and connect by receiving gifts aren’t looking for a wad of cash! A token of appreciation like paid time off, or a small, meaningful gift can be an effective way to motivate your team member and show your appreciation. These types of members thrive on tangible, meaningful things to know they are doing a good job, and that their work is valued. Be sure to give credit where credit is due to these team members; if passed over for a responsibility or role they may feel they earned or deserved, it could cause some hurt feelings.
All-in-all, we know that everyone is different, and appreciates different ways of affirmation. Not all of your team members may fit into this mold of T.E.A.M. but it doesn’t hurt to try connecting in these intentional ways. So let us know how you’ve impacted your team members, or, how someone has made you feel valued and appreciated!
“In order to be effective, you need a GOOD TEAM. The very idea of leading implies others.” -Pastor Don
This year our Ministers’ Enrichment will focus on team development.
Our desire is to make OUR TEAM available to YOUR TEAM so that we maximize the strength and potential of this combination. Together we make ONE TEAM with one purpose: glorify God and advance His kingdom.
Bring YOUR TEAM to this unique event as our Ministry Directors inspire and inform our Network of the needs, trends, and opportunities that can move ministry toward greater effectiveness. Each session will be broadly applicable to everyone who attends. We are impassioned to share our hearts with our PennDel Ministry Network family!
We look forward to connecting with you at this year’s Ministers’ Enrichment!
A brand new event designed to equip teenagers to make a difference for the Gospel. This is not just an event for “leaders,” it’s an event for all believers! It’s Fearless: One Day to Make a Difference, a one-day conference happening in three locations: west, central, and east. Students will be inspired and empowered to serve their friends, talk about their faith, and make a difference without fear.
Retreat this fall!
Sacred Assembly Service
Business Session 1 – Tuesday
Church Planting/Keynote Service – Doug Clay
Business Session 2 – Wednesday
Join us for our Prims and Stars Retreat (Girls in grads 1-5) or our Friends and Girls Retreat (Girls grades 6-12).
This event features 2 great communicators, Jan Krebs and Trish Gunn.
It will be held at the Bongiorno Conference Center from June 14th-June 16th.
EARLYBIRD (May 1 – Sept 10) Regular – $60 Discount – $45
STANDARD (Sept 11 – Nov 7) Regular – $65 Discount – $50
ONSITE (Nov 8 – 10) Regular – $70 Discount – $55
- Discount Pass: Student (age 12 – 22), Single Mom, Senior (age 65 +)
- Only Weekend Passes are available due to limited seating
- Deadline for Large Group Seating Form for groups of 30+ is October 16
When we came to Wrightsville AG over four years ago, there were two children in the children’s ministry. We now have a thriving Kids’ Public School Church with over 40 elementary school aged children. We also host a Released Time program of around one hundred 3rd-5th graders every Thursday during the school year.
Remodel of our Kid’s space helped the turnaround. We brought energy and technology into services, showing kids that having a relationship with Jesus is fun! We now have a tender-hearted team that invests weekly into the lives of our kids. It excites us to watch our kids go after God during our worship time, hear them pray for each other, and see them grow in their faith as they learn God’s word.
It’s amazing to watch our church get healthy! We have vibrant Spirit-filled worship, more people using their gifts in ministry and a higher attendance in our Sunday night prayer meetings. We are building bridges and relationships through our outreaches. Where we provide food, clothing and the gospel.
During one of these outreaches, we connect with a new family. The wife and children would come to service, but the husband wouldn’t even enter the sanctuary because he “doesn’t do church.” Every Sunday myself and others would greet him with a smile and handshake. He slowly started coming into the worship service. He soon gave his heart to Christ and was discipled by one of my deacons. He joined the worship team and was recently baptized with his wife.
The best part of turnaround churches is seeing turnaround lives.
Evangel AG, Glenolden